British F3 - Frank Williams, Gilles Villeneuve and family legends? Getting to know you with Max Marzorati

Next Event:
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Silverstone GP
26 / 27 June

Frank Williams, Gilles Villeneuve and family legends? Getting to know you with Max Marzorati

Frank Williams, Gilles Villeneuve and family legends? Getting to know you with Max Marzorati

Thursday 10 June 2021

Does any racing driver work quite as hard as Max Marzorati, or hold as many jobs to get behind the wheel? The Chris Dittmann Racing driver has taken on four incomes to get his way onto this year’s grid, and he’s intending to make the most of his opportunity.

And as you’ll find out below, he’s a massive enthusiast of the sport with a keen eye on its history, a watchful brief on the future, and just maybe, a distant relative of an old-time racing legend.

Let’s find out a bit more about Max…

Where is your hometown and can you tell us anything interesting about where you’re from?
My hometown is Harrow on the Hill, which is steeped in history. But I'm quite pleased that I'm actually two minutes away from the famous flat that Sir Frank Williams lived in, which is referred to in many memoirs.

How did you first become interested in motorsport?
Although I always had an interest in Motorsport starting visiting circuits and meeting drivers from the age of three, my competition actually started with motorcycle trials before moving into karts at 13, which we couldn't do before due to costs.

Who has been your biggest career influence so far?
I am amazed by the outstanding moral support I have received from many senior figures within Motorsport who have helped advise me thus far including Sir Stirling Moss and Mike Anthony of the BRDC, who took me to my first Grand Prix at Silverstone. I have been inspired by Gilles Villeneuve's raw car control, Alain Prost's intelligence, Niki Lauda's courage, James Hunt's ‘against all odds’ attitude and many others not just in Formula One but in Indycar, Formula E and BTCC. I have to say my greatest appreciation goes to my close family who sacrifice so much to help me race.

Tell us about your career so far and how it has got you to this position in British F3 now?
BRDC British F3 is the pinnacle of single-seater motorsport in the UK, so it has always been the highest level that we would be able to struggle to reach the budgets required, so I really appreciate any support I receive from sponsors. From karting through to Renault Clio and Formula Ford my ambition was always to prove myself in Formula 3. Because of budgets we could not do two years in Ginetta Junior and two years in Formula 4 and a full two-year program in Formula 3, so I have arrived in Formula 3 with minimal wings and slicks track time.

Which circuit are you most looking forward to racing on?
Spa - because although unproven, family legend has it that I am in fact a very distant relative of Richard Seaman!

What is your aim for the 2021 British F3 season?
Beat the rich kids!

What is your biggest hidden talent?
Everyone knows I hold a real passion for the history of motorsport and its drivers together with a real enthusiasm for evolving technologies. Outside of that, I cook a mean pasta and can play musical instruments, but don't get me on a karaoke machine…

What are your ultimate career ambitions?
To finish as high as possible this year and to continue in this sport and hopefully find a path to Formula E and be World Champion.

A few topshots from the family album:


Max karting with his father Lee

 


Trying a helmet for the first time


Meeting Renault F1 driver Jolyon Palmer


Taking victory in Renault Clios at Brands Hatch


Max with BTCC champion Ash Sutton

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